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Hurricane Sandy Response Stirs Up Capitol Hill Lobbyists

Lobbyists representing interests more than a thousand miles from Hurricane Sandy’s landfall competed with East Coast beach towns and utilities when U.S. lawmakers drafted their storm-relief legislation.

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and Louisiana’s St. Charles Parish were among at least 150 entities that sought to shape the cleanup package, according to reports filed for the fourth quarter of 2012 with the Senate. Much of the lobbying focused on the Senate version of the legislation, H.R. 1, which wasn’t considered by the House and expired at the end of the session.